A Belarusian social media star is hoping to trade information she says links President Donald Trump to the Kremlin for her release from a Thai prison on sex charges.
Anastasia Vashukevich, who has become internationally famous in recent months for her racy selfies, was jailed in Thailand for offering sex lessons without a permit, reported the Associated Press.
The self-described "mistress" of Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska was arrested with nine other Russians and Belarusians after officials received complaints about the $700 weeklong class and raided the meeting.
Vashukevich, who calls herself Nastya Rybka on her Instagram account (@nastya_rybka.ru), told the AP that she fears for her life and wants to trade information in the Trump-Russia probe for her own safety.
She has not offered any such evidence, which she previously claimed to have in an Instagram video, and it's not clear whether she has any useful information.
Deripaska is a metal tycoon who sued former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his lieutenant Rick Gates over an $18.9 million investment the pair was supposed to make in Ukraine.
Gates has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and lying to investigators in the Russia probe, and Manafort has been charged with money laundering, fraud and numerous other charges in the case.
Vashukevich and her jailed companions have sent a letter to the U.S. embassy in Bangkok seeking asylum in exchange for "photo-video-audio" evidence of wrongdoing between Trump and the Kremlin, and she also posted a video outlining her claims on Instagram.
"I didn't want to tell you about many things. Now they're trying to lock us up," she says in the video, apparently made while in custody. "But now I'm ready to put together all the pieces of the puzzle that you have been missing, and back it up with audio and video regarding the ties of our esteemed lawmakers with Manafort, Trump and all this buzz around the U.S. election. I know a lot."